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Our faculty is composed of 3 core members from the Department of Literature and approximately 45 affiliated members and lecturers. 

Students are encouraged to visit faculty during office hours or by appointment. Core faculty provide academic advising specific to the major or minor. Both core and affiliated faculty welcome questions about religion topics and may be asked to guide a research project or Honors in Religion project.

Click faculty names below for bios and contact information.

Core Faculty and Program Director



Eleanor Roosevelt College

  • Matthew T. Herbst

    Associate Teaching Professor
    Director, Making of the Modern World Program


Jewish Studies




Visual Arts


  • Teri Sowell

  • Justina Torrance

    Justina TorranceJustina Torrance is currently finishing a dissertation entitled, “‘A Sick Philosopher is Incurable:’ Herman Melville and William James on the Ethics of Perception” (Ph.D. Harvard University, 2019). Her primary research and teaching interests are in comparative religious ethics; philosophy of religion; and religion and literature.

    She holds a B.A. with distinction in psychology from Stanford University, an M.A. in Religious Studies from Stanford University, and an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School in Theology.